Elon Musk says Twitter may charge fees to government and commercial users

Elon Musk signed a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion last week.

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Elon Musk said Tuesday that Twitter Inc will always be free for regular users but may charge a small fee to commercial and government users, as the billionaire entrepreneur tries to boost the social media platform’s reach from “niche” to most Americans.

“Twitter will always be free for regular users, but perhaps at a slight cost for commercial/government users,” Musk said in a tweet.

Twitter declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Musk, the president of Tesla, has suggested a bunch of changes to Twitter since last month. After adding the company to his cart recently, Musk said he wanted to improve the platform with new features, make algorithms open source to increase trust, defeat spam bots, and authenticate all humans.

Last month, even before striking a deal with Twitter, Musk suggested some changes to Twitter Blue’s premium subscription service, including lowering its price.

Earlier this week at the annual Met Gala in New York on Monday, Musk also said he would make Twitter transparent about how the tweets are promoted or demoted, and wanted their platform to be publicly available for criticism.

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